The Saint Mary’s group Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) hosted a panel of professors to address LGBTQ current event policies and social justice issues as part of Pride Week on Tuesday in the College’s Student Center.Professor of history Patrick Pierce, professor of religious studies Stacy Davis and professor of psychology Catherine Pittman, discussed the difficulties the LGBTQ community may face and how there may be a variety of interpretations of issues and policies.Davis began the panel by presenting how some areas of the Bible are viewed based on the way individuals view the LGBTQ community.“There is no concept in the ancient world of sexual orientation,” Davis said.Davis interpreted different areas of biblical texts which are used to shape an opinion on sexual orientation, stating that the culmination of views is often “more based on tradition, not scripture.”Pierce then addressed how geographic religious views and generational gap differences can have an impact on policies of the LGBTQ community.Pierce noted how states have a variety of religious make-ups, including Fundamentalists and Evangelicals, and because of this, there are restrictive policies that are shaped around strict moral beliefs.“Legislatures at the state level are disproportionally white and … much more likely to be [composed of] males, which means that it is difficult to make the [LGBTQ] policies push forward,” Pierce said.Pierce finished by presenting how different tools, such as emotional responses, frame the LGBTQ issues by using symbols the community identifies with.“That matter of framing is really crucial, because if you can get control over the frame by which the issue is discussed, you can control the outcome,” Pierce said.Pittman concluded the presentation by pointing out the difficulties and circumstances of coming out for members of the LGBTQ community.Pittman explained how family could be a major influence on one’s decision to reveal their sexuality, as some families may struggle accepting transgender issues.Tags: LGBTQ, Pride, pride panel, saga, Smc pride week, straight and gay alliance
Editor’s note: This is the first story in a three-part series featuring the completed Campus Crossroads project. Today’s story focuses on the enhancements and renovations to Notre Dame Stadium.Notre Dame Stadium represents more than football after the renovations made over the course of the Campus Crossroads Project, vice president for facilities design and operations Doug Marsh said.“The common introduction we have for all of our ushers and hospitality folks is, ‘We welcome fans from across the world to the Notre Dame Stadium, this very iconic college football venue,’” Marsh said during a press tour conducted Aug. 11. “But I’m happy to say, it’s much more than that at the completion of this project.” Jordan Cockrum | The Observer A 54 feet high by 96 feet wide video board is now located at the south end of Notre Dame Stadium. The video board will be used to show replays, highlight recognition ceremonies and tell Notre Dame stories.The renovated stadium, which has been under construction since 2014, will play host to the first official Notre Dame football game to feature the new changes Saturday, and Marsh said he expects the game day experience to be greatly improved as a result.“In the midst of the project, it’s one of those things that occurred to us that while it’s terrific to add these facilities that will activate Notre Dame Stadium every single day of the year — not just the days we host football or Commencement or our Blue and Gold spring game — but an opportunity while we’re at it to improve the game-day enhancement experience for our fans,” Marsh said. “So we took the opportunity to re-invest to make those enhancements.”Associate athletics director Beth Hunter said the adjustments highlight the football program’s history while simultaneously bringing it into the future.“Our goal was to blend tradition with the most innovative technology,” Hunter said during the press tour. “We approached the renovation thinking, ‘What would Knute Rockne build today?’”The ConcourseThe aspect of the stadium that recalls the history of Notre Dame football most strongly is the enhanced stadium concourse. Marsh said the concourse has been redecorated and retouched in the art-deco style, “which was the period of architecture the original stadium was constructed in.”The Campus Crossroads team paid close attention to details in transforming the concourse, Hunter said.“The stadium concourses have been completely transformed, and they now feature all new art-deco-inspired way-finding signage, new lighting throughout — including art-deco-inspired chandeliers — and new up lighting, which highlights the original Rockne stadium brick and arches,” Hunter said. “We’ve bricked up close to 100 columns throughout the entire lower concourse, and our goal here was to really create a sense of space, so you feel more like you’re walking down a concourse than you are an airport parking garage.”The stadium will also be easier for fans to navigate now, Marsh said.“One of the things we wanted to achieve by this series of improvements was also to make a better way-finding experience,” he said. “So fans as they come in — particularly we have, every game, many first-time fans of the Notre Dame game-day experience — not sure where their seats are, so we added all these way-finding graphics.”The backdrop for this signage, Hunter said, is a series of hand-picked program covers from throughout the football program’s history.“Working closely with the University archives, we hand-selected approximately 70 program covers, ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s,” she said. “ … These covers now encircle the entire lower concourse. Additionally, we identified 22 ticket graphics ranging from 1903 through 1957 and installed those in strategic locations throughout the inner bowl of the lower concourse.”Additional changes that will provide a more comfortable game experience for fans, Marsh said, are rebuilt and modernized restrooms and 150 televisions spread throughout the concourse, and the concession stand facades have been restored to a design featured in the 1930s.“We really wanted to keep this of that style of the art-deco period, and I think fans are really going to welcome the feel for this,” he said.As fans move upward through the concourse, Hunter said, they will also move forward in time.“While the lower concourse intentionally celebrates the original Rockne stadium, the graphics and theming take on a more modern-day feel as fans traverse to the upper levels,” she said. “We took advantage of large, concrete walls in the four corner stairwells by adding these enormous graphics. … We also worked to produce some visuals for fans as they traverse the ramps, which now feature hand-painted ND marks and logos, as well as popular game day fan slogans. In addition, we added two sets of season program covers featuring Heisman Trophy winners, which are framed in repurposed bleacher wood.”The concourse also features a Hall of Fame section of sorts, Hunter said.“Another update that we are excited to reveal is a brand-new recognition display honoring the accomplishments of football monogram winners,” she said. “This will now be located inside the Frank Leahy gate on the south end of the stadium. Individual plaques honoring all-Americans, academic all-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, College Football Hall of Fame members and National Championship teams will soon be mounted on columns surrounding 80-inch monitors.”The BowlOne of the most important aspects of attending a football game is fans’ experience inside the seating area around the field — known as “the bowl.” This year, Marsh said, Notre Dame’s signature wooden benches are missing, replaced by aluminum bleachers covered in vinyl.“Last season, we began to replace the redwood bleachers,” Marsh said during the press tour. “We did that in the upper bowl that was added 20 years ago. We’ve since then, this offseason, replaced all the planking bleachers on the lower bowl, and in the midst of that, widened each seat by two inches. So everybody gets the same amount, whether you’re [in the] lower bowl or upper bowl.”In addition to the increased comfort of wider seats, Marsh said the stadium has increased its safety by adding, “thanks to prompting and requests by many fans throughout the recent years,” railings to the aisles in the lower bowl area of the stadium.“They were not required in 1929–1930 when the structure was first built, but they’re really a good idea,” he said. “So we’ve added them to help increase mobility and safety.”Another added benefit of these railings, Marsh said, is the ability to conceal new Internet and cellular antennas within them.“ … We will have a new wireless infrastructure — first time ever — at Notre Dame Stadium, dedicated solely to fans in the bowl and in the concourse,” Marsh said. “So connectivity will greatly improve. Secondarily, but just as important, we’ll have a new dedicated cellular network in the bowl. … So a dedicated cellular network, dedicated wireless network — connectivity will be best in class and hugely improved from past experiences.”Marsh said the updates also took greater player safety into account through decisions such as extending the padding around the field, removing additional bleachers on the sidelines and moving the flagpole to sit farther back from the sidelines in its new location near the video board.“We’ve taken the band off the field. The band will actually be put in an expanded student section,” he said. “All 400 members of the band will now be right here in the front, and we’ll have new dedicated stairs. … I believe, historically, that is not a precedent. That had been that way kind of originally, so we’re kind of going back to that.”Something fans might notice when the Irish and Temple take the field Saturday is a new tunnel for Notre Dame’s opponents to enter and exit the field, Marsh said.“This helps for a variety of reasons — principally to help unclog the tunnel that we use. It’s very busy on game day, as you can imagine,” he said.Hunter said the relocated visitor tunnel, locker room and team trucks create more privacy for the Notre Dame football team, band and fans.“With so much of our focus on that of improving the fan experience within the existing Stadium, when it came to the north tunnel, our focus shifted to that of our football student athletes, coaches and recruits,” Hunter said. “ … We thought about how we could really create a special and unique environment [in the home locker room] for our football team, while also celebrating many of the traditional and historical elements of Knute Rockne’s original locker room.”The Premium SeatingIn the midst of Campus Crossroads construction, the University announced in February that it was transitioning to a tiered ticketing system, in which ticket prices would vary based on the quality of the tickets.This change has resulted in the decrease in the price of some tickets while increasing others — the cheapest face value option of a ticket to Saturday’s game in the general seating is $45, down from $75 for last year’s home opener against Nevada, and the most expensive one is $145, excluding preferred seating.In an interview with The Observer conducted Aug. 17, University athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the change in pricing “was borne out of a number of goals we wanted to achieve.”“One of those was, given all that this stadium represents, we wanted to be able to say — as we can — that the revenue from the bowl is the same this year as it was last year,” he said. “And so, while some tickets went up, we priced the house so it produces the same amount of revenue. The other thing that was important to us was to make the game more affordable. And so, we created a much lower ticket price than we’ve had in a long time. … And so we wound up with a much bigger spread of value.”The increased space for each seat in the bowl decreases the number of seats in the general seating area, which Swarbrick said is offset by the addition of 3,200 seats added through a premium seating experience fans can purchase.“ … Just as the $45 ticket responds to some customers who are looking for something in particular, the premium seat in the hospitality represents something else another part of our customer base is looking for,” Swarbrick said.In designing the upper levels of Campus Crossroads — where the premium seating is located — to be able to fit around the stadium, the section has “gained some terraces,” Marsh said.“There are eight terraces — four per side, two on [floors] nine and seven, respectively, of the two buildings,” Marsh said during the Crossroads press tour. “They create these really nice opportunities for people [in these sections] to get out.”Outside of football season, Marsh said people can rent out the upper levels of the Campus Crossroads buildings for meetings, parties or other gatherings.“This whole series of buildings are to be activated, and we want the community to use them just as much as we’ll use them,” Marsh said. The Video BoardThe addition fans will notice “most visibly,” Marsh said, is 54-feet high by 96-feet wide video board. Executive producer of live events for Notre Dame athletics Mike Bonner said the video board will allow the University to provide fans with what many have been asking for — replays.“Replays, replays, replays — that’s what our fans want, and that’s what we’re going to give them,” Bonner said. “And I can do that … I will be taking in upwards of — between our feeds and NBC’s feeds and other robotic cameras — 27, 28 different replay angles that I can take at any time.”Bonner, who has operated video boards for the New York Yankees and Denver Broncos, said the video board is of an extremely high caliber.“It has the most physical pixels in an NCAA outdoor venue,” Bonner said. “What that mean is on that video board the little RBG — red, green and blue LED pixels — are 10 millimeters apart the way they’re set. So there are nearly 4.8 million pixels within that video board. And that helps with viewing angles, it helps an incredibly clear picture on there. It’s really impressive.”The visual enhancements in the stadium have allowed the University to remove the scoreboard on the north end of the stadium, which previously impeded fans’ view of “Touchdown Jesus,” Marsh said.“It is enhanced by ribbon boards on the two sideline buildings … because we no longer have a scoreboard on the north [end],” he said. “We’ve replaced that with these boards on the three other sides. This opens up the view for many fans in the bowl to have a clear view of the ‘Word of Life’ mural on the library.”While the video board will primarily focus on the football game, Bonner said he will also be able to put on a “show” for fans in attendance that will remain true to Notre Dame’s values.“The University has been incredible — Jack Swarbrick’s vision, Fr. John and everything that we’ve been given here to really put on a great show,” Bonner said. “But let me tell you, it’s not just about football. We will be spreading the University message. We will make sure that fan are entertained in a variety of ways, and we will be continuing to do a lot of our traditions. We will be announcing our Mass schedule — it’s just going to come to you a little bit different. We’ve shot seven different Mass schedule videos with seven different Holly Cross priests here from Notre Dame, and they will tell you what’s coming up after the game or the next day.”Bonner said the video board will enhance traditions rather than eliminate them.“We’ll make sure that all of our traditions are kept alive. We’re going to continue to do the Sgt. Tim McCarthy reading, but it’s going to be in a little bit different way. I’ll save that one, that’s a tease for game day for you,” Bonner said. “Also, we’ll make sure that we continue to do our recognition ceremonies. So our faculty recognitions, our team Irish recognitions, but we’ll get to tell their stories. We’ll get to visually enhance a lot of the things we were doing. The band is still going to be a very big part of what we do. The great thing with the band and our communications — what we’re able to do with headset communications — is the coordination will be there.”The ultimate goal for the video board — and the Campus Crossroads renovations in general — is to ensure fans have a positive Notre Dame football experience.“We’ll be telling the story of how the wooden benches have been used, and the green groups, the bicycle racks that have been added here,” he said. “Football is also going to be up there on that video board, and as I mentioned, we’re going to make sure that the fans walk away after a great experience. We’re going to show them great action, we’re going to show them history, we’re going to show replays — did I mention we’re going to show replays?”Tags: Campus Crossroads, fan experience, football, game day experience, Notre Dame Stadium, premium seating, video board
Who they are:Junior Rohit Fonseca, the presidential candidate, is an international economics major concentrating in Spanish and a Fisher Hall resident. He has lived in eight states and spent two years living abroad. Fonseca was student government’s first director of health and wellness, and served as the director of social concerns. He is also a campus tour guide and member of the Knights of Columbus, and he volunteers at the Robinson Community Learning Center. The vice-presidential candidate, junior Daniela Narimatsu, is studying IT management and political science. She is a Howard Hall resident — and current vice president — and hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Narimatsu has also served as the director of social concerns for student government and sat on the advisory committee for student climate related to race and ethnicity. Top priority: Creating platforms for “civil discourse” on campusFonseca said the top priority for the upcoming year is to foster an environment for discourse on campus through two programs: Irish Connection and RouND Tables. Irish Connection intends to bring two or more groups, clubs or organizations that don’t share much in common to an activity, such as a dinner, game, campus event or social service to build relationships between people who might not otherwise know each other. RouND Tables is the ticket’s answer to the need for civil discourse on campus, centered around topics that are Notre Dame-specific, such as parietals and whether President Donald Trump should be invited to speak at Commencement.Best idea: Focusing on mental healthWhile Fonseca and Narimatsu do not offer up new or significantly changed programming to draw attention to mental health, their plan to emphasize, underline and expand existing resources is both well-focused and highly reasonable. Their intention to continue partnering with Active Minds for Irish State of Mind and Irish Peace of Mind is expected but still important and their plans to better advertise the McDonald Center for Student Wellness Center could benefit students by alerting them of a perhaps underutilized resource. Finally, expanding on the anonymous testimony project Fonseca implemented during his time as the first director of health and wellness is a highly visible platform to encourage dialogue regarding mental health and the issues confronted by students on a daily basis. Worst idea: Feminine hygiene product boxesFonseca and Narimatsu’s plan to provide access to necessary feminine hygiene products may seem commendable — at least on the surface — but it should be stressed that the ticket does not intend for student government to be providing the products. Rather, “sharing boxes” would be placed in female public restrooms across campus and students would be encouraged to leave any “spare products” inside in case another student has an emergency situation. While clearly well intentioned, the plan does not require the intervention of student government in any way and they offered no way to incentivize students to donate their own products, which can be expensive, especially if purchased on campus. Most students, additionally, do not consider the products they don’t need at a particular moment as “extra” — they tend to carry a few in case of their own emergencies and, as the products have no expiration date, simply keep any leftovers for their next cycle. Most feasible: Building on the University’s spiritual lifeThe ticket’s plans to expand upon the University’s sprawling spiritual life is unique and comes off as extremely simple and easy to implement. Fonseca plans to have a brief prayer with students followed by breakfast in front of O’Shaughnessy Hall each and every Monday morning. As a Catholic institution, it can be assumed that at least some students would be interested in participating in the weekly events, coordinated with the Department of Health and Wellness and the Campus Ministry representative. Least feasible: Broadening Grab ‘N’ Go locationsFonseca and Narimatsu’s plans to address Campus Dining consists of two highly feasible projects — encouraging the dining halls to continue to offer late lunch hours, and improving allergy and dietary labeling in the dining halls — and a third, highly infeasible plan to broaden the locations where students can pick up Grab ‘N’ Go meals. Working with Campus Dining can be a very slow process and, as the suggest locations — the Huddle, Waddicks, a la Descartes and Cafe Commons — function to create their own revenue, it is highly unlikely that such venues would be in favor of the plan. Additionally, with two Grab ‘N’ Go locations on campus, there does not seem to be as much of a need for this service as their other suggestions. Bottom Line: Maintaining the status quoWhile Fonseca and Narimatsu bring a different kind of student government experience to the table against the other ticket and most of their platform appears to be highly achievable, very little of what they propose is truly progress. Much of the platform focuses on reiterating the availability of already-existing resources — both in and out of student government — and continuing relationships that student government already has. In particular, their lack of a plan to further address sexual assault on campus beyond what programming is already offered is disheartening. While maintaining the services currently offered is realistically attainable and better than regressing, the hope of every election is to improve upon what already exists. Tags: daniela narimatsu, fonseca-narimatsu, rohit fonseca, Student government elections
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC) provides general medical care, inpatient and outpatient services, and environmental health services for authorized members of the armed forces (primarily at Fort Hood and surrounding civilian communities), retired personnel and their Family members. Darnall serves about 10 percent of the CONUS-based Army, and one-sixth of the Army’s pediatric population. It operates the largest Blood Bank Center in the Department of the Army. Other services include emergency trauma care, video teleconferencing, telemedicine, teleradiology, telepathology, MRI, CAT scanner and a level II neonatal intensive care unit. Residency programs include Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. Darnall also has combined graduate medical programs with Brooke Army Medical Center.In 2011, CRDAMC opened a new 44,000 square-foot Women’s Health Center to the east wing. Ground was broken in 2010 for a replacement hospital across the street from the current medical center. The new 947,000 square-foot center opened in 2016. In 2011 Darnall opened “medical home” clinics in Copperas Cove, Harker Heights and Killeen.Today, Darnall supports nearly 40,000 active-duty personnel and more than 125,000 Family members and retirees within a 40-mile radius.Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s mission is to “provide our service members, Families and veterans quality, patient-centered care to promote a medically ready force and a healthy, resilient community.” The hospital’s vision is to “strengthen the health of The Great Place through trusted care and concern.”MEDICAL APPOINTMENTSTo schedule a medical appointment within the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center system of health, please call the Appointment Line at 254-288-8888 or toll free 800-305-6421 between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed on federal holidays). You may also schedule appointments online at https://www.tricareonline.com. Beneficiaries may access TRICARE Online with a DFAS MyPay PIN, Common Access Card or by creating a Department of Defense Self-Service account. Registration is quick and easy.NURSE ADVICE LINEDid you know that Darnall Health Care System offers a Nurse Advice Line? By calling 800-TRICARE (874-2273); Option 1, you can address any medical question 24/7 for yourself or a loved one and receive advice on what to do. No question is too small or large. They can provide self-care advice, help determine whether you need an appointment or recommend emergency room care.DENTAL SERVICEDENTAC provides complete dental care to active-duty service members. Five modern dental clinics are near major units. Emergency dental care is provided through CRDAMC’s emergency room. Family members may enroll in the TRICARE Dental Plan. Dental clinics on Fort Hood serve only service members. Family members must select a local dentist. CRDAMC operates Robertson Blood Center (RBC) at Building 2250, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue. RBC collects, tests and distributes blood in support of global medical readiness during peacetime and combat operations for Soldiers, Family members and retirees. It is one of the largest donor centers in the DOD. The telephone number is 254-285-5808.EMERGENCY SERVICESCRDAMC’s Emergency Department provides services 24/7 and is staffed by board certified emergency physicians as well as residents who are part of the hospital’s nationally recognized Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Patients using CRDAMC’s emergency center for nonemergency health issues are cared for according to a triage system that prioritizes severe medical problems.FISHER HOUSEFort Hood Fisher House provides a home away from home for Families of patients at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center. The Fisher House gives Families a clean, safe, low-cost place to stay while tending to and supporting their loved one. Active-duty personnel, retirees and veterans who are CRDAMC patients as well as their Family members and significant others are welcome to stay at Fisher House. Fisher House is run by donations and Combined Federal Campaign dollars but has none of its own funding. Donations of food, supplies and funding are accepted. The home features a fully stocked kitchen, laundry room, large dining and living room, vast array of books, DVDs, spiritual reading materials, computers and other amenities to offer a home-like environment to the Families who stay there.HEALTH CARE CLINICSPrimary care services are provided to beneficiaries through a system of five family health care clinics located on Fort Hood and three medical home clinics off post in local communities. The majority of these clinics offer a pharmacy as well as basic laboratory and X-ray services for patient convenience. In addition to these family-centered primary care-related clinics there are pediatric, internal medicine clinics and other services available.The Bennett Health Clinic, Family Medicine Residency Center and the Thomas Moore Health Clinic provide full-service primary care to mainly active-duty military personnel and Family members. The Monroe Health Clinic provides health care for active-duty personnel only. A wide range of specialty clinics and services are available on post for beneficiaries at CRDAMC.Resources include magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scanner, full-service obstetric care with a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, a Level III emergency room capability, multiple surgical sub specialties, Department of Mental Health (psychology and psychiatry) and the Department of Social Work.The Population Health Center is a source of information about diabetes, asthma, tobacco use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight management and healthy lifestyle options. Prevention and education programs are available for those at risk of developing chronic medical conditions.BENNETT HEALTH CLINIC31st Street and Battalion AvenuePhone 254-618-80396:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; walk-in, sick call 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointmentFAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY CENTER – CRDAMCFirst Floor, CRDAMCPhone 254-288-82807 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; active-duty sick call: walk-in 7 to 7:30 a.m. and by appointmentHOOD ARMY AIRFIELDTroop Medical Clinic No. 12Building 7015, Hood Army AirfieldPhone 254-285-6803Active-duty sick call: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and by appointmentMONROE HEALTH CLINICBuilding 33003, Battalion AvenuePhone 254-618-87686:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through FridayNORTH FORT HOOD TROOP MEDICAL CLINIC #14Building 56503, North Fort HoodPhone 254-287-5307Active-duty sick call: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and by appointmentCOLLIER HEALTH CLINICBuilding 94043, on the corner of Clarke and Loop RoadsClinic: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.THOMAS MOORE HEALTH CLINIC58th Street and 761st Battalion AvenuePhone 254-285-62707 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; active-duty sick call: walk-in, 6:30 to 7 a.m. and by appointmentWEEKEND ACUTE CAREThomas Moore Clinic, Building 2245On the corner of 58th Street and761st Tank Battalion AvenuePhone 254-285-6269/6270(only available on weekends and holidays)Active-duty sick call: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and by appointment. Family members can be seen 8 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. during weekends.PATIENT ADVOCATE OFFICEThe Patient Advocate Office is open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist with concerns, complaints or compliments. The representatives can be reached at 254-288-8156.PATIENT SERVICESThe Clinical Operations Division (COD) is responsible for policies and operations for all outpatient medical services.The Patient Representative Office, Information Desk, 254-288-8000, and the Patient Appointment Service are three major support services operating under the COD. The Patient Representative Office is open each business day and includes a CRDAMC representative and personnel from the 1st Cavalry Division, Division West and the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). They are available 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist with concerns, complaints or compliments. The representatives can be reached at 254-288-8156.PRIMARY CARE MANAGERSActive-duty personnel receive a primary care manager at one of the Fort Hood military medical clinics during in-processing at the Copeland Soldiers Service Center. While at the Copeland center, they also visit the DEERS office to check their eligibility status, update addresses and verify Family member information.
They also had these cool colored versions at the show. Ã‚Â Snazzy. Lightweight had their ultralight carbon wheels on display, which were a popular item on a lot of bikes around the show. Ã‚Â Above, a closeup of the hub on the front wheel from the Obermayer wheelset, which ranges in weight from 960g to 990g, depending on the front wheel spoke count (12, 16 or 20). Their new wheels use 100% carbon spokes, versus their carbon/aramid mix from last year. Ã‚Â The result? Ã‚Â 30% stiffer wheels, which is good given that a 12-spoke front wheel is even an option.Lots more pics of crazy light wheels and some things you may not have seen before, like their full carbon rear derailleur (sub 120g…SRAM Red is 153g). Ã‚Â All you have to do is read “more”…Their full carbon rear derailleur works with Shimano and Campagnola 9 and 10 speed drivetrains. Ã‚Â It uses titanium hardware to keep the weight under 120g. Ã‚Â How’s that compare?SRAM Red: 153g / Shimano Dura-Ace: 166g / Campagnola Super Record: 172gClick on any of these pics to enlarge them.Next up, before we get back to wheels, are these sick light skewers:Their quick release skewers use a 7075 aluminum with 6/4 titanium levers to weight in at 34g per set. The Lightweight Obermayer III wheelset is their best aero wheelset that uses their new full carbon spokes to reduce weight and increase stiffness. They use DT Swiss 190 ceramic hubs. Ã‚Â Rear wheel shown above, front wheel below. LIghtweight’s disc wheel weighs in at only 820g, and the rumor at the booth was they’re working on a new, lighter fabric cover to further reduce weight. Ã‚Â It’s also available as a front wheel. Ã‚Â Using this as the rear and the 12-spoke Obermayer for the front, you could build an aero wheelset at 1250g (set up below is with the disc and their 16-spoke front).
Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2020 Grand Horizons The Inheritance MARCH 1: Say My NameTime is running out to see four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney claim the stage at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre in the solo show My Name is Lucy Barton. For the past three months Linney has been bringing the story of a daughter and mother to life, which is based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Strout and adapted by Rona Munro. Here’s hoping that this brings Linney’s Tony nomination count up to five…and nab her the win. My Name Is Lucy Barton MARCH 1: Over the HorizonPlaywright Bess Wohl’s highly-anticipated Broadway debut Grand Horizons plays its final performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on March 1. With an all-star cast including Tony winners Jane Alexander and Priscilla Lopez, Tony nominees Michael Urie and Ashley Park, along with James Cromwell, Maulik Pancholy and screen star Ben McKenzie in his Broadway debut, there’s few better people to bring Wohl’s comedy about a family in the throes of divorce on stage. from $40.00 Barrett Wilbert Weed Laura Linney in My Name is Lucy Barton. (Photo: Matthew Murphy) MARCH 8: North Shore GraduationThis is totally not fetch. Grey Henson, who earned a Tony nom for his portrayal of the “too gay to function” Damien Hubbard, and his original Broadway cast member co-stars Barrett Wilbert Weed and Kate Rockwell, have set their final Mean Girls performance for March 8. All three have been enrolled in the Tina Fey musical since its world premiere in 2017, and now they’re ready to cross that graduation stage. We’re looking forward to what they do next! Nicholas Podany Star Files Bubba Weiler as Scorpius Malfoy and Nicholas Podany as Albus Potter. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) MARCH 15: Leaving HogwartsSome key players of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are boarding the Hogwarts Express for the final time. Nicholas Podany and Bubba Weiler, who play best friends Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, respectively, along with Matt Mueller (Ron Weasley) and Jonno Roberts (Draco Malfoy) will play their final performance at the Lyric Theatre on March 15. Fear not, wizards! Original cast member Paul Thornley is returning as Ron Weasley with newcomer Brady Dalton Richards making his Broadway debut as Scorpius Malfoy, and current ensemble members James Romney and Aaron Bartz graduating to the roles of Albus Potter and Draco Malfoy.ALSO CLOSING:MARCH 15: Gideon Glick plays his final performance in off-Broadway’s Little Shop of Horrors. MARCH 19: Emojiland closes at Duke at 42nd St.MARCH 22: The twice-extended Cambodian Rock Band ends its run at Signature Theatre.MARCH 22: New musical Darling Grenadine ends its limited run at Roundabout Underground.MARCH 22: The new Duncan Sheik musical Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice closes.MARCH 22: Young Jean Lee’s We’re Gonna Die plays its final performance at the Tony Kiser Theatre. MARCH 29: Erika Jayne rocks Chicago one last time. MARCH 29: New play All the Natalie Portmans closes at the off-Broadway MCC Theater. Ashley Park, Michael Urie, Jane Alexander and James Cromwell in Grand Horizons. (Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Shows MARCH 15: The Final InheritanceMatthee Lopez’s two-parter The Inheritance will play its final performance at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre on March 15. The drama arrived on the Great White Way after debuting across the pond to much acclaim and earning four Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. With a 13-person cast taking the stage in two parts, five acts and six-and-a-half hours, this is a can’t-miss day of theater. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Spring is (almost) here and there’s a change in the air. That change is also bringing a host of new Broadway musicals and plays to the stage, which means it’s time to say goodbye to key players and productions that have been keeping us warm this winter. From North Shore High students to focused military men, check out all the performances you need to see before they leave the stage for good this month. Chicago Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Grey Henson and Barrett Wilbert Weed. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Bubba Weiler Grey Henson MARCH 15: Last MarchThirty-seven years after playwright Charles Fuller won the Pulitzer Prize for A Soldier’s Play, the drama finally landed on Broadway for a limited run through March 15. Starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood along with Jerry O’Connell and newcomer Nnamdi Asomugha, this murder mystery about race and how we view ourselves is a suspenseful evening at the theater. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2020 View All (7) Nicholas Poday, Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier, Bubba Weiler Kate Rockwell, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Gray Henson Kyle Soller, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Kyle Harris (Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) The first scene of The Inheritance, shot from the wings of the stage. (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com). Blair Underwood David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood and Billy Eugene Jones in A Soldier’s Play. (Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2020 View Comments A Soldier’s Play View All (7) Kate Rockwell Mean Girls David Alan Grier from $49.50 Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2020
Email Share LinkedIn Share on Twitter Magicians use sleight of hand to confuse you about where an object is. But could they make you believe that you saw a non-existent object disappear?A team of experimental psychologists at Oxford University developed their own magic trick to find out. Their results are published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.Matthew Tompkins led the study. He explained: ‘The science of magic actually played a significant role in the development of Experimental Psychology; the founding fathers of psychology were keenly interested in understanding how magicians could manipulate people’s perceptions. Despite this initial interest, magic has been largely ignored by contemporary psychologists until relatively recently. Much of sleight of hand magic is about misdirecting people about the location of an object, and there is a growing body of psychological research about how magicians cause our minds to override the input of our senses. Pinterest Share on Facebook ‘We wanted to go further and see whether magicians’ misdirection techniques could be used to induce the misperception of ‘phantom’ objects – could a magician make us ‘see’ something that was never there.’420 volunteers watched a series of five silent videos, each showing part of a magic act, and immediately afterwards were asked to describe what they had seen and rate how surprising, impossible and magical it had been.In the first four videos the magician would do something with an object, with the third video deliberately showing a non-magical action to check that people could distinguish whether something was or was not a magic trick and were not seeing a trick simply because they expected one. The first, second and fourth videos showed magic tricks.The volunteers were split into five groups, each of which saw a series of video with a different object – a coin, a ball, a poker chip, a silk handkerchief or a crayon.In the fifth video, the magician mimed making an object disappear. However, no object was ever shown in that video.Nevertheless, 32% of people were convinced they had seen something disappear, with 11% of them naming the non-existent object. When asked to rate the trick, those who had not reported an object gave low scores for surprise, impossibility and magic; those who believed they had seen something gave higher scores, and those who could name the object gave the highest scores.Matthew said: ‘We think what may be happening is that people are effectively confusing their expectations with a true sensory experience. They expect to see another video with a crayon or a coin, for example, and this expectation is so vivid that it can actually be mistaken for a real object.‘The science of magic is a fascinating area, and there are important practical applications. For example, our work builds upon previous studies that have shown how eyewitness testimony can vary from the facts. In understanding how people can be fooled, we can gain better understanding of how our minds construct our conscious experiences.’
Sep 14, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Although no successful attacks on the US agriculture and food system have been reported in the past decade, the nation’s efforts to defend the system came in for a barrage of criticism yesterday about a lack of coordination and various other shortcomings.The Government Accountability Office, congress’s auditing arm, released a report saying there is no centralized coordination of the federal government’s food and agriculture defense policy, with the major emphasis on problems at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).In addition, experts at a Senate subcommittee hearing echoed the GAO report and said the federal government has largely left the responsibility for defending the food and agriculture system against terrorists to the states and the private sector. They said the nation especially lacks capabilities for surveillance to detect attacks early.”The result is, unfortunately, that we will, as we have been in the past, be blindsided by the next event,” John T. Hoffman, a senior research fellow at the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) at the University of Minnesota, said in written testimony.Policy launched in 2004In 2004 President George W. Bush ordered the establishment of a national policy to defend the food and agriculture systems against terrorist attacks and major disasters, issuing Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9 (HSPD-9), the GAO report notes.Seven years later, “there is no centralized coordination to oversee the federal government’s overall progress implementing” the policy, says a summary of the GAO report that was presented at the Senate hearing. Earlier the White House Homeland Security Council, with support from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made some efforts to oversee implementation, but those efforts “are no longer ongoing,” the report states.The USDA, in particular, lacks a department-wide strategy for implementing its many responsibilities under HSPD-9, the report says. Instead, the department assigned implementation responsibilities to its various agencies and then let them pick their own priorities. USDA officials told the GAO they would benefit from strategic direction from the National Security Staff concerning priorities and budgeting.Challenges for veterinary stockpileThe report also cites some specific challenges the USDA faces in trying to implement the policy. One has to do with the National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS), which the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) manages as a defense against the 17 most damaging animal diseases, including highly pathogenic avian influenza.The NVS has acquired various supplies to respond to each of the 17 diseases, but vaccines and diagnostic tests for some of them have not yet been developed or are too costly, the report says. Also, states may not be adequately prepared to receive and use NVS supplies, as only a third of the states that answered a survey said they had an NVS plan.On the crop-defense front, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is working on an estimated 30 to 50 recovery plans for “high-consequence plant diseases that may enter the United States.” As of May 2011 the ARS had completed 13 plans, which provide a primer on the diseases and identify research needs. But the ARS has no systematic process to monitor and fill the research gaps noted in the plans, and it has not communicated the program effectively to stakeholders who need to know about it, the GAO found.In other challenges, the report says USDA agencies have taken various steps to enhance recovery efforts for emergencies involving food and agriculture, but the department may be short of personnel to slaughter animals quickly in the face of a catastrophic outbreak of a highly contagious disease such as foot-and-mouth disease. APHIS officials said it could take as long as 80 days to “depopulate” a feedlot that houses 100,000 cattle.The GAO made nine recommendations to improve implementation of the US food and agriculture defense policy. In written comments, the USDA, DHS, and Department of Health and Human Services generally concurred with the recommendations, the report says.State perspective at hearingYesterday’s hearing was held by the Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia. Paul Williams, DVM, director of agriculture, food, and veterinary programs in the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, said most of the leadership and direction in ag and food defense and animal health emergency management have come from the states.”Federal agencies have, for the most part, participated with a reluctant acceptance,” Williams told the panel in written testimony. The subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii.”States have grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of a comprehensive strategy for coordination and implementation of a state, regional, and national agriculture and food defense risk reduction plan that addresses the elements of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan,” Williams stated.He said groups of states in the South and the Midwest have formed regional alliances to work on ag and food defense in recent years. One problem the groups identified was the lack of a definition of food and agriculture critical infrastructure sites, which limited the chance of getting federal funds, he said. That was finally remedied at a meeting involving 30 states and DHS in early 2010, and by June 2010, more than 1,400 such sites had been identified and validated by DHS.Williams said state efforts on ag biosecurity have been limited by a lack of federal support. For example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reported that from 2003 to 2007, the food and ag sector received only about 1% of State Homeland Security Grant Program funding, he said.Hoffman, of the University of Minnesota, who also testified at the hearing, decried what he called a lack of federal leadership in food and ag defense. The NCFPD, where he works, is funded by DHS.”The question is ‘Who is in charge?'” he said in written testimony. “The answer is always something like, ‘Well, actually no one is in charge.'”He said the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), while promising to improve the nation’s food safety, puts the burden of protecting the ag and food systems on the private sector, which may lead to unintended consequences.”The FSMA is worded, from the perspective of many in the sector, so as to place this task and the overall strategic food system defense burden on the private sector itself, where there is little chance that such firms currently have a capability to fulfill this role,” he said.Much of Hoffman’s testimony focused on what he described as a lack of surveillance for attacks on food and agriculture. “At present, our primary detection capability is the emergency room,” he said.Some recent major food contamination events could have been foreseen if a stronger, more integrated surveillance system had been in place, according to Hoffman. One example, he said, was the case of melamine-contaminated pet food imported from China.Chinese companies had put melamine in exported food products as early as 2004, and these were detected in Europe and Australia, he said. “Yet there was no warning through any channel, public or private,” of the risk that melamine-contaminated products could surface in the United States, until it happened in 2007, he added.Williams said the nation needs new approaches to surveillance and detection. He suggested placing food and agriculture experts in the intelligence community. “We need to invigorate the focus and effort within this community on food and agriculture risks,” he said.AP report cites difficultiesIn a related development, an Associated Press (AP) report published this week said the US government has spent “at least $3.4 billion on food counter-terrorism in the last decade, but key programs have been bogged down in a huge, multi-headed bureaucracy. And with no single agency in charge, officials acknowledge it’s impossible to measure whether orchards or feedlots are actually any safer.”The report mentions some modest successes, but also some failures, including a DHS effort in 2008 to build a data integration center where food, agriculture, disease, and environmental officials could share surveillance data. Jeff Range, DHS’s former chief medical officer, said the other agencies didn’t want to share their data, with the result that “it just didn’t work,” according to the story.See also: Information on Sep 13 Senate subcommittee hearing, with links to written testimonySummary of GAO reportFull text of GAO report
The US flu season trails on, and though influenza activity decreased since last week, it remains relatively high for this time of year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly FluView update.The week ending on Mar 30 was the 19th straight week with influenza-like illnesses (ILI) at or above the national baseline.The proportion of patients seeking healthcare for ILI decreased from 3.8% to 3.2% last week. The most recent data indicate that ILI activity for the season peaked the week ending February 16 (week 7) at 5.1%, the CDC said. During the severe 2017-18 flu season, the peak ILI rate was 7.5%.More weeks of flu expectedIn another sign of flu’s decline, the CDC reported that fewer lab-tested specimens were positive for influenza last week.”Nationally, the percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza viruses in clinical laboratories during the week ending March 30 was 18.1%, a decrease from 22.5% the prior week,” the CDC said in an accompanying FluView summary.But the CDC said it expects flu to circulate still for a number of weeks.Of the 18.1% positive lab samples, 92.8% were influenza A, and 7.2% were influenza B. Of subtyped influenza A specimens, 26.4% were H1N1 and 73.6% were H3N2. Of subtyped influenza B specimens, 75% were Victoria lineage.H3N2—which typically causes more severe disease—has now been the predominant strain for 6 weeks in a row.Only six states reported high ILI activity for the week, down from 20 in the previous week. But flu activity is still widespread in Puerto Rico and 33 states, down by only 1 state.Kids’ deaths rise to 82, more hospitalizationsDespite signs of a dwindling flu season, the CDC recorded five more pediatric deaths from flu-related complications, raising the total number of pediatric flu deaths for the 2018-19 season to 82.The three previous flu seasons saw 95, 110, and 185 pediatric flu deaths over the entire season, respectively, according to CDC data.As is typical at the end of a flu season, the CDC reported an increase in hospitalizations. The overall hospitalization rate was 56.4 per 100,000 population, up from 52.5 the prior week. The highest rate of hospitalization was among adults ages 65 and older (181.8 per 100,000 population), followed by adults ages 50 to 64 (71.9 per 100,000 population) and children ages 0 to 4 years (66.1 per 100,000 population).See also:Apr 5 CDC FluViewApr 5 CDC FluView summary
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